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About Verde Canyon Railroad
Verde Canyon Railroad is a Southwestern adventure that takes passengers on a ride through Arizona’s backcountry, only accessible from the comfort of this train. This legendary “boutique” attraction allows members of groups an uncommon view of a wildly-wonderful red-rock canyon. The four-hour excursion requires no laborious effort or exertion except by the highly-trained staff who absolutely love what they do. As evidenced by exceedingly positive reviews, they do it very well. Verde Canyon Railroad is the only excursion train in the Southwest which offers every guest two seats for the price of one: inside viewing through large panoramic windows in all coaches and 360-degree views from open-air viewing cars attached to each coach. As the train passes “through” a grand canyon, both vantages celebrate incomparable scenery, high-desert flora and fauna, historic trestles, dramatic geology, unusual rock formations and passage through a century-old 680-foot tunnel. Throughout the journey the captivating history of the Verde Canyon and the Railroad unfolds with narration interlaced with a wide genre of popular railroad tunes.
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Discover the remote Verde Valley from the idyllic vantage point of an old-fashioned train on a ride along the Verde Canyon Railroad. Far from any highways or cities, nature lovers can catch unspoiled views of the region’s wildlife, geology, and historical sites. Throughout the ride, enjoy the comfort of an airconditioned first-class car or take unobstructed photos from an open-air platform car.
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Valerie9992 wrote a review Sep 25
Pasadena, California16 contributions14 helpful votes
It was nice to see the scenery of the area. We enjoyed sitting outside. The train ride was pleasant, the staff very friendly and helpful with the local history. We were surprised that MOST of the customers and some of the staff removed their masks once inside the train/while sitting down. Many over 60 year olds on the train from other states. The customers asked the staff if they could remove their masks inside, I think that puts an undo pressure on the staff, The complimentary first class appetizers were nice. We therefore chose to sit outside and that made the trip enjoyable.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Carrie wrote a review Sep 17
Tucson, Arizona177 contributions53 helpful votes
Lovely experience for scenery and photography. Overall enjoyable experience but a little on the pricey side. Pros: Love the narration recording on the way out to the turn around point. Lot's of great info about the landmarks you were going to pass and history of the train. Ample and free parking at the depot. Easy to find. We were in a first-class car so we had our own "open-air" car with LOTS of room. Snack tray was very good. ALL of the employees were wearing masks and doing a lot of interim wiping down of hand rails, etc. Employees were more than happy to take pictures of you with your camera. There was not a "staff" photographer. Cons: Expensive The ride back from the turn-around point was a little boring because they don't play the narration recording They were not enforcing passenger mask wearing inside the car It was a hot day (over 100) and the passenger car a/c was having a hard time keeping up which made for a somewhat uncomfortable ride unless you were in the open-air car
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Date of experience: August 2020
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SDPeterson wrote a review Sep 13
La Quinta, California645 contributions83 helpful votes
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If you have an afternoon then visit the Verde Canyon Railroad Ride through majestic Sedona rails! When we arrived protocol was in place where they took our temperatures and everyone was wearing masks which made us feel a little safer during these times. When we reserved our tickets we also ordered lunch which you could bring on board or eat on one of their patios. I would suggest to eat at the bigger patio rather than the one just outside of the gift shop. We both had the Grilled Cheese with Swiss, tomato and bacon, it was very good and served in a box for safety. We bought the first class tickets and glad we did. The interior of the train car was a wild west theme and super super comfortable with large couches with table, or chairs and tables. Casey attended to us that day and was super sweet, funny, professional and gracious! High Fives to Casey!!! The views from the train car were amazing as it kept changing, we could even go outside to the next car to be outside to get the full range of views. The ride itself was approx. 4 hours and well worth it, I would do it again in a heartbeat. It would be fun to the the train in the later hours when the wildlife is out. So, again, if you have an afternoon I would highly recommend this trip, it was super fun, super educational and the views were amazing!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from TrainGall, Public Relations Manager at Verde Canyon Railroad
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you so much for this wonderful review. We will let KC (sp) know how much you enjoyed your time with him.
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greatnotion wrote a review Sep 4
Green Valley, Arizona27 contributions8 helpful votes
We had a great time. It was relaxing. The scenery is amazing. The staff was terrific and well versed on the area history. We had first class accommodations, hors douvres, our own booth in an air conditioned car. There was a bar in the next car. There was an open air car too. We took a lot of pictures.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from TrainGall, Public Relations Manager at Verde Canyon Railroad
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you so much for sharing this. We will let our staff know that you enjoyed your time with them.
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PamRoad wrote a review Sep 3
Texas927 contributions312 helpful votes
This 4-hour train ride through Verde Canyon is very well done and thoroughly enjoyable. The train cars are clean, and the staff is very friendly and helpful. The history of the area is fascinating and the scenery through the canyon is beautiful. The train track goes into the canyon but above the canyon floor to provide a close-up view of Verde canyon and Verde River with the canyon walls towering above.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from TrainGall, Public Relations Manager at Verde Canyon Railroad
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you so much for sharing this.
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